After a second week of trying out Veganuary, we slipped a little with a few non-vegan dishes slipping in. These two meals will likely follow through to our end approach to our meal-times. As much as we love vegan food, it doesn't work for us perfectly and have found, previously, that a meal or two per week that contains meat products works best.
Whilst not having resolutions per se, these are some things I'd like to achieve this year.
I am dubious about writing these out but I regularly lose or misplace my paper versions or the note on my laptop/phone. So, hopefully this'll act as a reminder when this year ends.
This month we are trying various dishes offered by Veganuary, either in the meal plans/cookbooks, in their daily e-mail or things we come across during our weekly shop.
My father gave me a flat-pack chicken-house as a present for Christmas. It is made of recycled industrial plastics and can house 5 birds.
This is a short build-through of the house in photos.
is the flurry of recipes, meal plans and cook books.
I have a very short update to this post on moving from /e/ now Murena to iodé
It has been a pleasure to use and would recommend it on your #fairphone3 if you're choosing to switch operating systems.
The built-in ad-blocker is really handy and does a good job removing ads, many an e-mail tracker image now don't load, which is revealing to say the least. That you can, now, customise the blocking is supremely useful. I found a few apps trying to sniff around localhost which had no business doing so, blocked. Helpfully, the blocker also works alongside VPNs, so extra handy if you use public-wifi on public transport or whilst relaxing with a hot drink.
The brightness bug appears to be dealt with and now doesn't plunge your phone into darkness, reacts nicely to changes in ambient light levels.
There is little I can complain about with iodé, it seems to just work. The main changes I have made with regard to its pre-installed apps are to use Mull from DivestOS, Magic Earth to Osmand and change the launcher to KISS Launcher.
A mixed bag. Very little turned out how I had hoped or had planned.
University studies were a total disaster. I struggled enormously with child-rearing and university studies. Essays and assignments were always late and under-researched as very little time was available to me to research and attend classes.
We had the addition of Tiny Child (TC) late in the year, which whilst wonderful, added further pressures on my learning. Shortly after I had surgery for an inguinal hernia, I was finally given opportunity in a period of low covid and had both vaccinations allowing me to be selected for surgery. Surgery went well and I only now have the smallest ache when I have over-done my day.
In December, I took the decision to pause my studies until the summer. This will inevitably mean I need to retake a year or two but that is fine with me.
TC has been a delight to have, still a few months old and only just starting to babble, it is incredible how different she is compared to SC (Small Child, 2 years old). In general, a much happier creature and one who is quite happy to take a few minutes in the bouncy chair. SC has reached the very terrible twos, every day feels like a battle and has very little in the way of rest periods. She is a very anxious wee soul, always has been and I fear always will be.